Yaqian Huang studied Linguistics at the University of Delaware, where she graduated with an MA in 2017. From 2017 to 2022, she pursued an interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego. After successfully defending her thesis titled "Phonetics of Period Doubling", she taught at the University of California Los Angeles as a Lecturer in Phonetics from 2022-2023. In June 2023, she joined the Acoustics Research Institute of the OeAW as a postdoctoral researcher in the Phonetics Cluster, working on speech production and perception at the interface of psycholinguistic processing.
Her research focuses on acoustic and articulatory phonetics, which especially concern suprasegmentals such as pitch, voice quality, and tone. Most of her work has focused on capturing the production and perception of creaky voice and the role they play in tonal contrasts. Her research explores how people use and learn to use voice quality in speech communication, and the role of fine phonetic details such as voice quality in forming speech sound categories. She employs various research methods such as quantitative analysis, speech synthesis, signal processing, psycholinguistic experiments, and computational modeling.
- Coretta, S.; Casillas, J. V.; Roessig, S.; Franke, M.; Ahn, B. et al. [..] (2023) Multidimensional Signals and Analytic Flexibility: Estimating Degrees of Freedom in Human-Speech Analyses. Journal of Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, Bd. 6 (3).
- Huang, Y. (2023) Perception and Imitation of Period Doubling., Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2023); Prag, S. 327-331.